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Get the Facts Before Your Pup Gets the Dog Flu

Canine influenza, or more commonly known as “dog flu,” is a contagious viral infection that, unfortunately for you and your pups, has been showing up in greater strength now in Texas.

The two most virulent strains, Virus H3N8 and H3N2, are not related in any way, so here at ZippiVet, we recommend that dogs at risk should be vaccinated against both strains. Sadly, you can’t just run down to Walgreens and grab Spot some Doggy Dayquil.

What can you do?

You can understand the risks!

Start with this map of outbreaks across the country.

Then, keep an eye for high-risk, high-dog-traffic areas.

Which Dogs are at Risk?
Dog flu is transmitted through a dog’s respiratory secretions. This can be from barking, coughing, or even sneezing. Transmission is especially more likely when a dog in close contact with any infected dog. These interactions are usually most often found at dog kennels, groomers, daycare facilities, and shelters.Dogs who regularly visit dog parks and other places where pups gather in numbers can also get sick.

The best solution? Get a vaccination that covers both the H3N2 strain and the older H3N8 strain.

ZippiVet recommends you vaccinate puppies in their eighth week of life, followed by yearly boosters. If you’re looking for an affordable solution, Book an Appointment With Us!

When Should I Seek Treatment?
If your dog starts to cough, it’s time to get it checked out, especially if they’ve been at a dog park, kennel, or groomer that week. Many dogs develop a thick and green nasal discharge. Affected dogs may seem unusually lethargic, or they may vomit. As is always the case, a fever of 104-105℉ is an important sign of illness.

To prevent transmission of the virus, dogs infected with canine flu, as well as other pets in the household, should be isolated for 4 weeks, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Come in to ZippiVet for a Pet Wellness Exam and the vaccine, or if you suspect dog flu. We make it easy to schedule an appointment in any of our three convenient locations. And if it’s your visit, you get $25 off! We’re pretty into the idea of providing affordable pet care to the Austin area.

Dog Flu Symptoms to Watch For

So. We’ve got bad news and we’ve got good news.

The bad news is that dog flu has been showing up in the U.S. again.

The good news? We provide fast, thorough, and affordable vet care so you can help your pup way before there’s an any issue, all without breaking the bank.

But what if it’s too late?

Dog Flu Signs & Symptoms
The dog flu is tricky. Its cough may resemble kennel cough, or a bacterial or viral infection. Unlike with humans, there is no dog flu season and infections can occur year-round.

Most infected dogs get the more mild strain and it starts with a soft, moist cough, or a dry cough that’s similar to kennel cough or bordetella (the canine version of the common cold). H3N8 shows respiratory symptoms 2 to 3 days after exposure and dogs infected with H3N2 may start showing signs at between 2 and 8 days. Dogs are most contagious during the 2- to 4-day incubation period and before they show any symptoms, which is how it can spread to many dogs fast.

When Should Get My Dog to the Vet for Treatment?
When your dog starts to cough, it’s time to get them checked out, especially if they’ve been at a dog park, kennel, or groomer that week.

To prevent transmission of the virus, dogs infected with canine flu, as well as other pets in the household, should be isolated for 4 weeks, according to the American Veterinary Medical Association.

Come in to ZippiVet if you suspect your sweet little pal might have contracted the dog flu, or if you want to vaccinate your pet to prevent him or her the discomfort.

Since the two flu virus strains are not related we recommend that dogs at risk should be vaccinated against both. We make it fast and easy to schedule an appointment in any of our three convenient locations!

What Does A Vet Tech Do?

It’s Veterinary Technician Appreciation Week! Here at ZippiVet, we don’t know what we’d do without our wonderful, amazing, indispensable Vet Techs. You couldn’t get the high quality, affordable pet care ZippiVet provides Austin without them. And most importantly, we wouldn’t be able to give your pets the care they deserve without our Vet Techs. They. Are. The. Best.

But even though your pets know what our Vet Techs do, do you? Here’s a breakdown:

They’re Your Pet’s Nurse, Pretty Much

First and foremost, that’s really what a Vet Tech is: a skilled veterinary medical professional. Our Vet Techs are responsible for drawing blood, assisting with surgery, sterilizing equipment, taking stool and urine samples, cleaning and wrapping cuts, administering medicine, checking vitals, lab work, and more. Our ZippiVet Vet Techs are the best at what they do, and we (and you and your pets) are super lucky to have them. ZippiVet’s affordable vet care wouldn’t be nearly as good without them.

They’re The First Friendly Face Your Pet Sees At ZippiVet!

First impressions are important. We don’t want your sweet little girl/guy to be scared of the vet, so we make sure they (and you) are always greeted by a friendly, smiling face. And they are, because who isn’t excited to see a pup or a kitty? Our ZippiVet Vet Techs always are! Nobody loves animals as much as they do. (Trust us, you have to really love animals to make their stool samples a regular part of your life.) A ZippiVet Vet Tech is usually the first person you’ll see when you walk into ZippiVet. And they’re the first person who’ll handle your dog or cat when you bring them in.

They Tell You How Your Pet Is Doing

Everyone in Austin likes to talk about their pets. We do too! We think communication is a hugely important part of great affordable pet care, and when you have an appointment a ZippiVet veterinarian will be there to answer your questions and clearly explain how your dog or cat is doing. And we want you to be able to speak with a ZippiVet veterinarian as much as you need. But ZippiVet vets are busy! We have lots of patients to look after, so most times, when we call to update you on your pet’s test results, to book a followup appointment, refill prescriptions, etc., you’ll be speaking with one of our wonderful, knowledgeable Vet Techs. And feel free to ask them whatever you need too! We couldn’t provide kick-ass (just kidding, we’d never kick a donkey, we love animals, remember?) affordable vet care to Austin if every one of our staff wasn’t passionate and knowledgeable about your animals.

So there ya go. What do Vet Techs do? A little bit of everything, really. And what would we do without our Vet Techs? Yikes. We just don’t know.

If you’re looking for affordable pet care in Austin book an appointment for your dog or cat at one of ZippiVet’s three Austin locations today!